The Herald reports:
John Key’s day got off to a tense start at Rotorua’s Central Mall as his walkabout was hijacked by angry Mana protestors.
Mr Key continued smiling as the black and red-clad Mana crowd surrounded the National Party entourage, but he ended up cutting the visit short as the atmosphere became increasingly unsettled.
He scuttled out of the mall with support from police, mall security and Diplomatic Protection Services.
Much of the protestors’ anger appeared to stem from the Tuhoe raids, which took place within the electorate.
“You’re on stolen land,” one woman yelled repeatedly.
For the records the raids took place under Helen Clark’s Government. It was the John Key Government that negotiated a historic settlement with Tuhoe which has seen some of their lands returned.
This is disgraceful. The same protesters are now in front of an advance polling place.